I got this recipe from my mother-in-law shortly after I was married. Now it is a favorite of our kids. I like to serve it over rice.

Cathy
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Roll into meatballs about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size.

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the meatballs until browned on all sides.

  • In a separate medium bowl, mix together the water, vinegar, ketchup, cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce. Pour over the meatballs, and allow sauce to thicken. Continue to heat until the sauce just starts to bubble.

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Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

601 calories; 26.3 g total fat; 114 mg cholesterol; 878 mg sodium. 70.5 g carbohydrates; 20.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
If you are making these, here's a tip. Do not use apple cider vinegar - it's not the same thing as cider vinegar! It'll completely ruin your sauce. I found that out the hard way, had to throw out the sauce plus my house stunk for days. I tried it again with regular vinegar and it was great - I'm sure cider vinegar would be even better. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
I found the sauce to bit over-sweet but my husband requested that I make them again! Read More
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420 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 260
  • 4 star values: 115
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
If you are making these, here's a tip. Do not use apple cider vinegar - it's not the same thing as cider vinegar! It'll completely ruin your sauce. I found that out the hard way, had to throw out the sauce plus my house stunk for days. I tried it again with regular vinegar and it was great - I'm sure cider vinegar would be even better. Read More
(408)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
If you are making these, here's a tip. Do not use apple cider vinegar - it's not the same thing as cider vinegar! It'll completely ruin your sauce. I found that out the hard way, had to throw out the sauce plus my house stunk for days. I tried it again with regular vinegar and it was great - I'm sure cider vinegar would be even better. Read More
(408)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2002
Good recipe. The meatballs are too plain though with only salt and pepper. One should either use seasoned bread crumbs or add some seasoning spices (dried parsley sage etc.). I added three more dashes of soy sauce to mellow the sweetness of the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2004
These sweet and sour meatballs are absolutley great. The sweet and sour sauce is great on chicken wings also. I have made this recipe at least a billion times now and it's a hit with everyone. Absolutley great!!!!!! Believe me you will love this recipe and it's simple. Sometimes instead of making my own meatballs. I just buy the already made meatballs (like Armour meatballs). You just have to put the meatballs in the oven for 30-40 minutes (frozen). Make the sauce while you wait for the meatballs. Then just put the meatballs in the sauce. This is also great with mashed potates. Just sit the meatballs right on top of the mashed potatoes and it'll give your mashed potatoes a great taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
Yummmmmmmm!!! These were sooooooooo good!!! The only kind of vinegar I had on hand was white wine and I only used about 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup and the sauce turned out perfect! I think I'll even be making the sauce alone to pour on chicken. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2003
It is impossible for an average cook like myself to look at this simple ingredients list and determine that it could be converted into the wild delicious taste extravaganza that resulted! I have 4 children from 10-17 with a wide array of likes and dislikes. This one was a unanimous 5-star Eat Like A Viking contest. I knew I would have to double the batch but it still disappeared. Great recipe and so easy no fuss. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2008
I-LOVED-THIS! We had this recipe yesterday for dinner and I feel like having it today too. I did everything as written EXCEPT for the cider vinegar. I did not have any so I used white vinegar instead ONLY 1 TBS. That's all you need trust me if you put more ur recipe will be ruined just like other reviewers have said. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2004
FANTASTIC recipe! I took advice of other reviewers and halved the vinegar-I also only had white vinegar so I used that. The only other change I made was add a small can of pineapple tidbits w/the juice. This was fast easy and so delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
I found the sauce to bit over-sweet but my husband requested that I make them again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2011
I made this and my family loved it! A welcome new addition to my menu planning. I did have make a few alterations due to ingredients on hand and it still turned out delicious. I used Balsamic vinager (3 TBLSP) in place of cider vinager teriyaki sauce in place of soy sauce and added some Worcestershire sauce (3 TBLSP) to the meat mixture. Yummy! Read More
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